Nuragic Sanctuaries - Symbols, Ritual and the Management of Power in Prehistoric Sardinia - Nicola Ialongo

Nicola Ialongo [+-]
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
Nicola Ialongo is Research Assistant in the Department of Sciences of Antiquity, at “Sapienza” University of Rome. Previously coordinating fieldwork within the Bonorva archaeological project (SS, Sardinia; concluded in 2008), he currently collaborates to the excavations at the Bronze Age village at Broglio di Trebisacce (CS, Calabria) and at the village and cult place at Monte Cimino (VT, Latium). His research and publications currently focus on Nuragic archaeology and on alternative approaches to the study of prehistoric weight measures.


This book concerns archaeological problems related to the rise of monumental sanctuaries in Nuragic Sardinia (Italy) towards the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age (ca. 1280-720 BC). The study addresses the Sardinian context as a case study for research on ritual in prehistoric societies. The book will take on the task of formalizing a chronology for the rise and development of Nuragic sanctuaries, and of analysing such process under the scope of social archaeology. The work draws on substantial new evidence from the unpublished excavations at Monte S. Antonio (Siligo, Sassari). In this book I argue that the rise of sanctuaries and the institution of public rituals embody the core a complex strategy, put in action by Nuragic elites in order to seize legitimacy for reorganising inter-polity relations. Sanctuaries are but the most apparent trait of a comprehensive transformation process involving several aspects, from settlement organization through burial rite and overseas interactions. The newly proposed chronology will provide the framework to address such transformations as a unitary process.

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Ialongo, Nicola. Conclusion. Nuragic Sanctuaries - Symbols, Ritual and the Management of Power in Prehistoric Sardinia. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2020. ISBN 9781781791479. Date accessed: 23 Jun 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.22930. Sep 2020

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